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Building Bridges: We Can All Learn When Malcolm X Speaks


Topics Malcolm X


Building Bridges
with Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash

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We Can All Learn When Malcolm X Speaks


Myriad manifestations of racism permeate our society and Western plutocrats
continue to exploit the resources of and impress their geopolitical interests upon African nations. For many this has led to a resurgence of interest in Malcolm X. And, the more we reflect on the meaning of Malcolm's life and message the more we must realize the greatness of his legacy. Malcolm was a cultural revolutionary,an artist of the spoken word. Maya Angelou called him "a charismatic speaker who could play an audience as great musicians play instruments." Peter Bailey said he was a "Master Teacher." Alfred Duckett called him "our sage and our saint." In his eulogy Ossie Davis bestowed upon Malcolm the title: "Our Shining Black Prince". For many Malcolm was considered a cultural prophet of blackness, who created the cultural space for Black people to claim their African heritage. But, for all people we owe Malcolm a great debt. He was not a racist, as many misguided observers have claimed. He was an uncompromising truth-teller whose love for his people empowered him to respect all human beings. "I am for truth," he said, "no matter who tells it. I am for justice no matter who is for or against it.I am a human being first and foremost, and as such I am for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole." Building Bridges presents an unforgettable evening for us all to listen to and learn from Malcolm√Ęs liberatory and humanist ideology in these troubled times.

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